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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Simple Survival Tips - Handling Ammunition Safely

Re-post Courtesy of Riverwalkers Stealth Survival

Many people’s homes in America contain a variety of common items that are far more dangerous than a collection of ammunition for firearms. Cans of spray paint, gasoline containers for lawn equipment, or propane tanks for Bar-b-que grills pose a much greater explosive hazard. These will all explode as easily as ammunition with far more disastrous consequences. They will also provide additional fuel to a fire. It is vital that you know how to handle and use your ammunition safely.

Rules for Safe Ammunition Use, Storage, and Transport

1.) Always use the correct ammunition for your firearm. Rotate your stock of ammunition on a regular basis.

2.) Always check with a firearms dealer or qualified gunsmith to determine the proper ammunition for your firearm if you do not know the proper type.

3.) Always check the condition of your ammunition before use in your firearm. Damaged or irregular ammunition of any type should not be used.

4.) Always keep your ammunition away from excessive heat or impact with sharp objects. Avoid excessive humidity as this can adversely affect the shelf life.

5.) Always store your ammunition in the original container, a properly labeled ammo box or a properly labeled storage area in your gun safe.

6.) Always keep different size cartridges and shells separate. This will prevent accidental loading of improper ammunition for your firearm.

7.) Always keep your ammunition in a secure location.

8.) Always discard ammunition which can not be properly identified. Missing head stamps on cartridges or unlabeled ammunition storage containers can lead to deadly consequences.

9.) Always use proper containers to carry or transport your ammunition.
Ammo bags, pouches, or cans should be a necessary part of ammo transport.

10.) Always check with a qualified gunsmith if your firearm appears to have been modified or re-chambered to insure you are using the proper caliber of ammunition.

Ammunition exposed to a fire may eventually be heated to the point that the primer or powder will ignite. This usually results in the cartridge case rupturing and forcing the primer from the pocket. The powder will burn but does not explode. The force is dispersed in all directions because the ammunition is not constrained within the barrel of a gun. Military surplus ammo cans are an excellent and safe method for the storing of your ammunition.

Staying above the water line!


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